Posted onNovember 3, 2010 byAndy Ptacek, Marketing Director
We stumbled across this website today and thought it was so fun! Yeah, it’s flash, but flash can be COOL! So much of it is interactive and even has a tweeting Jim bird. It is so reminiscent of Jim and his work and really draws you in. Our only beef is that the pages take a while to load and some of the images could be more crisp. All in all though, Bravo Jimbo!
Posted onOctober 21, 2010 byBrad Ball, Design Director
I hate to shout, but this darn browser is a tad frustrating. Internet Explorer, a.k.a. IE, can be a real pain to optimize a website for and there are even designers who won’t optimize for the browser at all.
Posted onOctober 14, 2010 byAndy Ptacek, Marketing Director
The font you use for marketing materials says a lot to the masses about you. If you use a font like Papyrus or Comic Sans, you’re probably getting made fun of… Just sayin. Take heed the advice of your designer for acceptable and up-and-coming fonts.
It’s not just a battle between marketers and designers pushing the fresh fonts and the consumers holding on to the overused fonts, it’s really a battle of raising the standard or giving in. Fonts have a job to do, a message to portray and a responsibility to resonate. Whether it’s body text or a wordmark logo, there is a purpose behind your designer’s choices and don’t hesitate ask what that is. We get a kick out of talking shop to interested clients.
Now, for a little font humor, here’s Comic Sans Man!
Posted onSeptember 20, 2010 byBrad Ball, Design Director
Our latest project to hit the Web.
This was something “they” said couldn’t be done. Well we did it and it’s spreading across the US like wildfire since its launch on September 15. This project started out as an idea that LockedDoc founder Bryan Beasler brought to the table with confidence. We knew it was a fantastic concept once Andy and I analyzed and developed a work flow.
Posted onSeptember 8, 2010 byAndy Ptacek, Marketing Director
It’s true. You can have the most beautifully designed website in the whole world, but as soon as you start adding things that weren’t there before, you can really start to look lame fast if you’re not careful. Here at Liquis we were running into this exact problem. We were struggling on where to put the info for our A Cause to Design program on the home page and soon realized it didn’t fit.
Posted onAugust 27, 2010 byAndy Ptacek, Marketing Director
When we meet with clients in the discovery phase we take LOTS of notes and learn everything that needs to take place within the functionality and identity requirements in order to develop a stellar mockup and work plan. We were getting along just great, but I knew we could be streamlining the process. Thus, our Discovery Worksheets were created. We have used them a handful of times and so far they are working out fabulously. Not only do the worksheets help us organize our notes, but the questions give the meeting a flow or at least a systematic starting point.
If you ever hire us to create a website for you, these are some questions to expect. If you are a Web designer, feel free to grab this info an make it your own:
Posted onAugust 6, 2010 byBrad Ball, Design Director
To make sure your website looks great and works all the time, no matter who’s looking at it from where, we Web designers have to do a lot of testing.
All browsers handle or “parse” HTML and CSS differently, and that also includes the different versions of the browsers. We physically view the sites on the different browsers during Web builds to see if everything is displaying and working correctly. For the most part Firefox, Safari and Chrome are very comparable in the way they handle code and display and are really the best choice for end users in general. Internet Explorer, however, is the beast of burden in the Web design industry and, unfortunately, is the most widely used.